Cable trunking is used both to provide protection and increase the organisation of multiple running cables. Cable protection is important within any workplace to ensure devices or machines continue to operate efficiently and prevent entanglement, as well as cohering to health and safety requirements by ensuring cables are always kept tidy and organised. Cable trunking will achieves both of these goals by eliminating any possible tripping hazards and keeping wires organised and easily identified. There are various types of trunking available, such as PVC and plastic, stainless steel, and other metals, and our range offers products from leading brands such as Betaduct, HellermannTyton, Igus, Schneider Electric and many more, including our own RS Pro. You can find out more in our cable trunking guide
What is cable trunking?
Trunking is a cable tidy device used to organised cables which would otherwise be running loosely around office floors and walls, causing an untidy working environment and a possible tripping hazard. If cables need to replaced or re-wired, trunking will make the job simpler due to the easy access of the relevant wire. The robust trunking also serves as a protector from cables being damaged by falling object or being trodden on.
What are the benefits of trunking?
Trunking offers many benefits to both the cable system it supports and the surrounding environment, including:Cable protectionImproved design layoutSignificantly lower fire riskEasier cable managementReduced tripping hazard
Trunking is primarily used for electrical cables and as such some of the applications cable trunking would be used include: the management of office and indoor workspaces, electrical workshops, schools, hospitals, hotels and anywhere with customers walking amongst cables.
Trunking types and materials
Trunking is available in different styles, but is typically found with a flat rectangular design in various colours, though white or black are typically chosen for discretion. Trunking fixing styles also vary depending on the application, but include clip-on, self-adhesive, slotted and skirting trunking. There are differing materials to choose from, depending on the environment and the type of wiring within the application:Aluminium, stainless steel, galvanised steel and other metalsPVC and other plastic trunking